Francis Bay Villa Rental Photos and Description
On a Clear Day… sits nestled within the Virgin Island National Park on the North Shore of St. John overlooking Francis Bay. And at 170 feet in elevation, indeed, it seems like some days, you *can* see forever from this newly completed (2012) secluded villa with “to die for” views of St. Thomas and the water. A westward orientation also yields spectacular sunsets from every room and deck. Yet this vacation home remains only a 1 to 2 minute drive or 5 to 10 minute walk from the fantastic swimming, snorkeling, and sunning of Francis Bay Beach and is located just 20 to 25 minutes from Cruz Bay via the North Shore Road and 10 minutes from Coral Bay. Cinnamon Bay Campground is a short 5 minute drive, and provides open air gazebo dining, a convenience store for food and supplies, and a beach shop with watersport rentals including kayaks, sailboards, and snorkel equipment.
On a Clear Day… was designed as an eco-friendly vacation home for fun, families, flexibility, health, nature, and, finally and most importantly, life renewal. Your stay should rest your soul, invigorate your body, and restore your spirit. From the privacy and tranquility afforded by the National Park’s location to the structure’s exercise room and 54 foot long pool lap lane for workouts to a completely flat first floor (including one bedroom) for guests who may be physically challenged, this villa offers something for everybody.
For those interested in learning more about Green Energy Conservation, On a Clear Day… is a 5 Star Tropical Green Building, as certified by the Island Green Living Association. The villa makes use of low solar gain, low-E glass throughout together with LED and CFL lighting, Energy Star appliances, fans, and TVs, low flow WaterSense plumbing fixtures, dual flush toilets, individually controlled high SEER-rated ductless air-conditioning units, solar heated domestic hot water, and a solar reflective metal roof sitting over a thermal reflective blanket and fiberboard insulation. The entire villa is powered by two large ground-mounted photovoltaic arrays situated on land just below the structure.
The entire interior is enclosed in one structure. Four large bedrooms comprise the sleeping space, three at 308 square feet and the master at 480. Three contain king size beds, the fourth with two twins that can easily be brought together to create king sized sleeping. All bedrooms have ceiling fans, secluded balconies, and private baths with dual sinks and tumbled marble showers. Each has an individually controlled air-conditioning unit along with a 40 inch LED TV with Dish Satellite programming and a Blu-ray disc player.
The kitchen with Brazilian granite countertops and environment-friendly bamboo cabinetry is fully equipped with an ultra-quiet dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, convection oven/range with hood, microwave, and wine cooler. A washer/dryer is available for guests along with a Weber gas outdoor grill. The kitchen has counter seating for 4 and abuts a dining room with seating for 8 to 10.
The Great Room is furnished in contemporary green bamboo/rattan and offers panoramic views of the pool, pool deck, and Francis Bay from every corner. A 60 inch LED TV with Bose Surround Sound is available for your viewing and music pleasure. WiFi transmits to every room of the villa.
An air-conditioned exercise room with TV/stereo/ipod dock provides a Bowflex home gym, Sole elliptical machine, and a Concept II rowing Ergometer.
A wide pool deck supplies comfortable lounging with incomparable views of Francis Bay below and St. Thomas in the distance. Poolside offers various degrees of sun protection from out and out tanning to partial protection provided by trellises to complete coverage. A low chemical saltwater pool runs 3 foot 4 inches to 4 foot 6 inches in depth and contains a 54 foot long, 7 foot wide lap lane for exercise and an in-pool bench for relaxation. A screened-in porch off the dining room offers space for bug-free outside eating and socialization and easily opens to the pool deck via sliders.
We feel On a Clear Day… provides for both a healthful and relaxing vacation for friends and family and for youngsters, oldsters, and everybody in between. Nature and serenity abound, yet, if needed, technology is not far away. See below for more details. We hope you can partake in the St. John Experience.
A few helpful notes about communication services on the island:
CELL PHONE SERVICE: Cell phone service on St. John may be spotty with certain carriers. Additionally, North Shore locations may pick up cell towers on Tortola (The British Virgin Islands). If this occurs, expensive roaming charges could potentially be applied to your bill and/or you may be charged international rates. PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH YOUR PERSONAL CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE ISLAND. This villa is equipped with a cellular signal booster positioned towards St. Thomas. The system serves to stabilize and strengthen incoming and outgoing cellular phone and Internet signals at the house, and, in most cases, your communications will be via cell towers on St. Thomas and not Tortola. St. Thomas antennas are AT&T dominated. Thus, cell phone users on St. John find AT&T the company of choice for coverage and quality and, at times, to avoid roaming charges. You may wish to consider a pay-as-you-go AT&T phone for your vacation if you use another carrier. Again, know your cell phone plan. Lastly, for communicating with friends and relatives off island, consider your computer’s video Skype mode via the house’s WiFi system. In most cases, this will be free.
LOCAL PHONE SERVICE: Local phone service is available at the villa through St. John’s only telephone company. As in many semi-remote spots, service can occasionally be interrupted. We will do our best to remedy the situation should this happen. Again, you may wish to consider a pay-as-you-go AT&T cell phone.
INTERNET SERVICE: Internet service is also provided through the Island’s telephone company via a DSL linkage. Thus, as with local phone service, it can, at times, be interrupted. To circumvent this, the villa is equipped with a cellular Internet WiFi backup system. The device automatically and instantaneously transitions a WiFi user to cellular Internet service via St. Thomas AT&T cell towers if DSL connectivity is lost. There is no charge to guests for this service. Cellular Internet when accessed, however, may limit download data size capability. This can be enhanced for guests if DSL outage is prolonged and large data downloading is required for business purposes. Once the Island’s Internet telephone service is restored, WiFi automatically returns to the villa’s normal DSL service. Another suggested backup system for other areas on Island is mobile cellular Internet MiFi via AT&T or Virgin Mobile.
POWER OUTAGES: Periodic power outages for minutes to several hours are not uncommon on St. John. If no storm or extraordinary circumstance is present, service is generally restored within the hour. The villa is equipped with an emergency generator.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Why Beth Linden chose Francis Bay
Our grandfather purchased this land in the 1950s and as the area around it became pristine National Park, it just sat there. It was always our father's dream to build a house on it that would bring our widespread family together. That dream has finally become a reality. He put thought and love into every detail of this house. If he could, he would live down there forever, but since that cannot happen, we are able to share the house with you. We truly want people to be able to appreciate the beauty of the island from a truly beautiful home.
What makes this villa unique
Tranquility, health, and flexibility set this villa apart on St. John. The peacefulness of its location within the Virgin Island National Park together with an exercise room, 54 foot long pool lap lane, and easy access to hiking and ocean swimming/snorkeling combine to make your vacation both relaxing and an energy renewing experience. If you are specifically looking for the privacy and solitude of the Francis Bay/Annaberg Plantation area of St. John, On a Clear Day… is the only home in the small cluster of Francis Bay rental villas that offers both a pool and fantastic water views from almost every angle of the property.